Instructional Focus Document NotesGrade 8/Social Studies UNIT: 02 TITLE: Celebrate Freedom Week Part 1: Natural Rights
Celebrate Freedom Week • Our Natural Rights –also known as “Unalienable Rights” are basic rights that we are born with that should note be denied by any government. • These Natural Rights (Unalienable Rights) are listed in the Declaration of Independence ---written by our founding fathers in 1776---and they are Life, Liberty(freedom), and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Celebrate Freedom Week • Our Founding Fathers identified how these Natural Rights were being restricted by the government of Great Britain when they listed them in the Declaration of Independence. After the Revolutionary War, they answered those complaints in the U.S. Constitution (written in 1787) by guaranteeing those rights to every American Citizen.
Grievances in the Declaration Of Independence: 1. Taxation without representation 2. king has absolute power 3. Colonists not allowed to speak out against the king 4. Quartering Act forced colonists to house British soldiers 5. Colonists homes could be searched without any kind of warrant 6. Colonists were not allowed a trial with a jury of their peers Answered in the Constitution 1. All states are represented in Congress 2. Congress has the power to override a presidential veto 3. 1st amendment-Freedom of speech 4. 3rd amendment-No quartering of troops 5. 4th amendment-No unwarranted search or seizure 6. 6th amendment-Speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury…and… 7th amendment –Right to a trial by jury of peers. Celebrate Freedom Week